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Modifications Changes from the factory stock setup - performance and appearance. What to buy next? What works & what doesn't?

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Old 11-10-2005, 01:48 AM   #1
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I have the ugly 1986 GT steering wheel with the cruise controll buttons.

Can I swap out to the stock non-cruise controll wheel with out any problems.

I know I have to lose the cruise controll and thats fine. I just don't if the steering columns are differnt size or diameter.

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Old 11-10-2005, 08:17 AM   #2
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Yes, you can swap to the '84-'86 non-cruise wheel. Be aware that there are two types though. The GT version was wrapped in leather or a leather-type material and sewn. The LX version was molded to look the same.

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Old 11-10-2005, 10:55 AM   #3
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I have the ugly 1986 GT steering wheel with the cruise controll buttons.

Thanks.
It angers me that Ford put this on the Mustangs.

I'm convinced that Ford might have had a pile of them leftover from the 1970's Ford Fairmont and Mercury Zephyr builds. To use up their existing stock, they were installed on the Mustang & Capri!

I've seen better looking steering wheels on cars from Eastern Europe during the cold war.
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Old 11-10-2005, 06:37 PM   #4
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Is the ugly wheel mentioned the one that had just a lower cross bar?
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Old 11-10-2005, 11:00 PM   #5
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yes it is

Thanks for the info.
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Old 11-11-2005, 12:25 AM   #6
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These easy to I.D.

They had the two spokes and the look for the cruise control buttons.

I know Ford could have done better than this part.
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Old 06-30-2009, 06:39 AM   #7
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My 86 GT Convertible has the "ugly-cruise controll" steering wheel but I've got a "non-cruise controll" steering wheel that the prior owner had purchased.

I am planning to change them out first chance I get and have a question for those of you that have made the swap.... Although I see from an earlier post, they are interchangable, is there anything I will need to do to disable the cruise or will simply removing the old wheel do the trick. Also, do the horn contacts from the "ugly" wheel match up with the contacts on the "non-cruise" wheel? One last question.. Do I need to use any special lube on the horn contacts?

Thanks much....

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Old 07-02-2009, 02:07 PM   #8
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I have an after market wheel with the cruise control buttons if you wish to keep that feature....
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Old 07-03-2009, 05:40 AM   #9
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I have an after market wheel with the cruise control buttons if you wish to keep that feature....
I may be interested. Could you post a pic and let me know how much you want for it?

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Old 07-03-2009, 02:45 PM   #10
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UMMMM,,, $75 plus shipping ?????
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Old 07-06-2009, 06:31 AM   #11
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Thanks for the pic. I think I will go with my factory GT wheel and forego the cruise....

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Thanks for the pic. I think I will go with my factory GT wheel and forego the cruise....
The turn-signal mounted cruise was a dealer installed option from Ford when these cars were new. I had to replace the one on my '85 a few years ago & parts were still available from Ford. The handle is E6ZZ-13305-A lists for $22.72. The kit with the buttons & wiring is E4AZ-9C888-A lists for $56. I recall that the local Ford parts guy had to do a few days looking to find them, but he had them in about a week. Even gave me a 50% discount. This was in Nov 2005.

A complete aftermarket turn signal cruise kit may still be available from J C Whitney.
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Old 07-10-2009, 11:22 AM   #13
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The turn-signal mounted cruise was a dealer installed option from Ford when these cars were new. I had to replace the one on my '85 a few years ago & parts were still available from Ford. The handle is E6ZZ-13305-A lists for $22.72. The kit with the buttons & wiring is E4AZ-9C888-A lists for $56. I recall that the local Ford parts guy had to do a few days looking to find them, but he had them in about a week. Even gave me a 50% discount. This was in Nov 2005.

A complete aftermarket turn signal cruise kit may still be available from J C Whitney.
Thanks much for this information. I would really like to keep the cruise so if I can find the kit, problem solved.....

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